Mont Cenis

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Cenis, Mont

(môN sənē`), Ital. Moncenisio, Alpine pass, 6,831 ft (2,082 m) high, on the French-Italian border. It is one of the great invasion routes in Italian history. Napoleon I built a new road there in 1810. In 1871, the Mont Cenis railroad tunnel (Frejus Tunnel) was built approximately 30 mi (48 km) away, connecting the towns of Mondane, France and Bardonecchia, Italy. As the first rock tunnel of its sort, it pioneered many techniques and represents a landmark in engineering. It is still one of the world's largest (8 mi/13 km) railroad tunnels.

Mont Cenis


(in Italian, Monte Cenisio), a pass between the Cottian and Graian Alps in France, close to the Italian border. Elevation, 2,083 m. The pass connects the Isère and Dora Riparia river basins and is traversed by the Grenoble-Turin highway. To the southwest, beneath the Fréjus pass, is the Mont Cenis railroad tunnel.

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Manning admitted some exceptional compensations for everything that the train-traveller undeniably missed: `The grand outlines of the mountains, amid which the Mont Cenis route winds, are seen to great advantage from the train.
So did the compressed air drill, which earlier had been used in the Mont Cenis Tunnel in the Swiss Alps, the only tunnel in the world longer than the Hoosac at that time.
Major organization : SEM DU MONT CENIS (49763681100026)
This funding principally concerns the realisation of the TEN-T corridors at the Brenner Tunnel and the Mont Cenis Tunnel, between Torino and Lyon, two of the network's main projects.
Main features: The contract involves 1 firm phase (ADMI / ACT / VISA) and 1 optional slice (DET / OPC / AOR) for the creation of a network of agricultural irrigation sprinkler in the communes of Lanslebourg Mont Cenis and (Lanslevillard Haute Maurienne - Savoie)
The joint venture, also known as Autoroute Ferroviaire Alpine, will provide a new rail shuttle service for lorries and semi-trailers through the Frejus tunnel under Mont Cenis linking France and Italy and intended to ease the traffic congestion caused by lorries and other heavy vehicles on routes crossing the Alps.